Get ready for another jump back in time to find out how we ended up at one of Marvel’s bigger events back in the day. This time, it’s all about FATAL ATTRACTIONS and, despite being a huge crossover geek, I’ll put my hands up right here and admit this is one I have absolutely no love for.
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For a 30th anniversary celebration of all things X-Men, this is one misery-filled step in the most depressing direction of all. Not only are Marvel’s mutants dealing with the Legacy Virus, but also with the loss of one of their own. And, to top it off, Magneto categorically returns to the status of cackling, evil bad guy – proving once again that, even though the guy sought redemption and even joined the X-Men for a while – nothing ever changes, no matter how hard you try. Not in the Marvel Universe, anyway!
As per usual, I’ll start off with the stuff you should read before picking up Fatal Attractions and then, below that, is the list of all those issues, plus first appearances, references made during the story and other related stuff!
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[part 1 – Uncanny X-Men, X-Factor, X-Force]
[part 2 – Wolverine, X-Men]
[part 3 – Excalibur]
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Uncanny X-Men #150 (1981) Magneto orders the world leaders to disarm their weapons and cede power to him. Russia takes issue with this and sends a submarine to his Bermuda Triangle headquarters to blow him up. In retaliation, Magneto destroys the sub, milling all aboard. He reveals more about his history when he loses his marbles, believing he’s accidentally killed the innocent Sprite (Kitty Pryde). After he retreats, the X-Men find her alive and badly dressed and bring her home.
Vision and the Scarlet Witch #4 (1983) Magneto reveal to Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch that he is, in fact, their father. When he learns that Quicksilver’s daughter, Luna, is human, he admits it’s time to rethink his stance on humanity.
X-Men #1-3 (1991) First appearance of Fabian Cortez and the original Acolytes. Cortez manipulates Magneto into returning to his former role as militant saviour of mutantkind. He reveals to Magneto that Moira MacTaggart genetically manipulated him after he’d been reverted to infancy by Alpha the Ultimate Mutant so that he’d grow up to be a thoroughly nice chap. It’s later proved that the process was only temporary, but Magneto has already returned to his nasty side. When the newly-recreated Asteroid M is destroyed in the final throwdown with the X-Men, Magneto and the Acolytles are believed to be dead. It was Fabian Cortez’ plan to make Magneto a martyr all along. (See MUTANT GENESIS)
X-Force #18 (1993) Following the final showdown between Cable and Stryfe that sends them both into the timestream, Mister Sinister inadvertently releases a virus created by Stryfe. (See X-CUTIONER’S SONG)
Uncanny X-Men #298-299 (1993) The X-Men clash with an all-new team of Acolytes. Forge and Henry Peter Gyrich find evidence that the Acolyte called Chrome may have saved Magneto’s life by coating him in an omnium husk when Asteroid M crashed to Earth. Illyana Rasputina develops a bit of a cough.
Uncanny X-Men #300 (1993) Nightcrawler and the X-Men rescue Moira MacTaggart from Fabian Cortez and his growing band of new Acolytes. Amelia Voght (who appears to share a past with Professor X (Charles Xavier) and Magneto) learns that Cortez may be responsible for Magneto’s ‘death’. Xavier and Moira study the new virus, only to discover it’s only aim is to kill mutants. The virus is Stryfe’s legacy (following his alleged, recent demise) so it’s dubbed the Legacy Virus. It’s revealed that Illyana Rasputina has contracted the virus.
X-Men Unlimited #1 (1993) Professor X, Cyclops and Storm come under fire in Antarctica from Siena Blaze – one of the Upstarts intent on killing mutants for points in a game run by Lobot lookalike, the Gamesmaster. The Professor’s life is saved by an unknown individual (who’s clearly Magneto).
Uncanny X-Men Annual #17 (1993) Colossus receives a serious injury in battle with the mutant-hunting X-Cutioner, trapping him in his armoured form.
Uncanny X-Men #301-303 (1993) While Colossus is on a mission with the X-Men, Illyana succumbs to the Legacy Virus. He returns home too late to see his sister before she passes. Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde, with a better codename by this time) returns to the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters to comfort her friends and prepare for the funeral.
X-Factor #92 (1993) FATAL ATTRACTIONS begins.
X-Force #24 (1993) The Friends of Humanity break Rusty Collins and Skids Blevins out of the VAULT transport vehicle so they can kill them themselves. X-Force rescue them, only to find their former friends have been so messed up by Stryfe’s brainwashing that they aren’t sure what to do with them. So, they pretty much keep their old buddies hostage in their new muddy bunker HQ. In space, a mysterious figure with a familiar, magnetic power-set uses the remnants of Graymalkin to build something new.
X-Force #25 / Uncanny X-Men #304 (1993) FATAL ATTRACTIONS continues.
X-Men Unlimited #2 (1993) Gabrielle Haller and Moira MacTaggart help Adrian Eiskalt build a stealth suit that will help him assassinate Magneto. He’s not successful, obviously.
Uncanny X-Men #305-306 (1993) Professor X meets with Ambassador Louis St. Croix of the Mutant Underground and sends storm on a mission to steal the stealth suit used by Adrian Eiskalt. Quicksilver sticks around with the X-Men, debating with Xavier how best to deal with Magneto.
X-Men #25 / Wolverine #75 (1993) FATAL ATTRACTIONS continues.
Excalibur #71 (1993) FATAL ATTRACTIONS concludes.
NOTES & REFERENCES:
Every reference, every relevant first appearance, every key issue in the build-up to Fatal Attractions. All in chronological order…
- Classic X-Men #19 (1988) Young Magneto is employed (by an as-yet unrevealed organisation) as a Nazi hunter.
- X-Men #1 (1963) The X-Men and Magneto first clash, but there’s clearly a far greater history between the villain and the X-Men’s mentor Professor X (Charles Xavier).
- X-Men #14 (1965) First appearance of the Sentinels – giant, mutant-hunting robots.
- X-Men #20 (1966) A flashback reveals how an alien Quist named Lucifer crushed Professor X’s legs with a rock, costing him the use of his legs.
- X-Men #46 (1968) The X-Men fist disband under Cyclops‘ orders to avoid becoming a target for evil mutants.
- Incredible Hulk #180-182 (1974) First appearance of Wolverine; when Wolverine first appeared, he also referred to himself as ‘Weapon X‘ and already had his adamantium claws.
- Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1975) First appearance of Colossus (Piotr Rasputin) and Illyana Rasputina. Colossus is recruited into the X-Men by Professor X.
- Classic X-Men #1 (1986) A strong attraction between Wolverine and Marvel Girl (Jean Grey) begins to grow.
- X-Men #95 (1975) The X-Man Thunderbird is killed during a battle with Count Nefaria.
- X-Men #100-101 (1976) The last time Jean Grey guided a shuttle back to Earth, she ended up becoming the Phoenix (or being replaced by the Phoenix Force, anyway).
- X-Men #104 (1977) The next generation of X-Men (that includes Colossus and Wolverine) first face Magneto.
- Classic X-Men #12 (1987) A flashback first reveals the death of Magneto’s daughter, Anya.
- X-Men #113 (1978) Professor X and Lilandra Neramani (former Empress of the Shi’ar) are revealed to have become an item.
- X-Men #128 (1979) Colossus kills Moira MacTaggart’s son, Proteus, when he loses control of his mutant powers.
- X-Men #129 (1980) First appearance of Kitty Pryde.
- X-Men #133 (1980) First appearance of Senator Robert Kelly – a public anti-mutant lobbyist.
- X-Men #137 (1980) ‘Jean Grey’ sacrifices herself to end the threat of her Dark Phoenix powers and persona.
- X-Men #138 (1980) Kitty Pryde joins the X-Men (taking the codename Sprite).
- X-Men #141 (1981) First appearance of Rachel Summers – the daughter of Cyclops and the Phoenix Force of an alternate future (Earth-811).
- Uncanny X-Men #150 (1981) Magneto retaliates against the attacking Russian submarine, Leningrad, by destroying the sub and killing all aboard.
- Uncanny X-Men #160 (1982) A brief trip to the other-dimensional Limbo rapidly ages Illyana Rasputin to a teenager.
- Uncanny X-Men #161 (1982) Professor X recalls his history with Magneto and how the fell out over their opposing philosophies on the future of the mutant race during THE BROOD SAGA.
- Uncanny X-Men #163-164 (1982) Following the destruction of the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters by the alien Sidri, the school is rebuilt with Shi’ar tech upgrades during THE BROOD SAGA.
- New Mutants #1 (1983) Project: Wideawake (aka, the government-approved Sentinel Program) is officially introduced during THE BROOD SAGA.
- Vision and the Scarlet Witch #4 (1983) Magneto reveals to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver that he’s their father.
- Magik #1-4 / New Mutants #14 (1983-1984) The teenage Illyana Rasputina recalls her time in Limbo and her struggles with her dark side; Illyana takes the codename Magik.
- New Mutants #15 (1984) Magik joins the New Mutants during AWAY GAME.
- New Mutants #18 (1984) Rachel Summers arrives in the present day from her alternate future timeline.
- Uncanny X-Men #184 (1984) First appearance of Forge – the mutant with power to perceive ‘mechanical energy’, making him a technological genius; Forge regularly works for the US Government.
- Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #5 (1984) Kitty Pryde becomes Shadowcat.
- Uncanny X-Men #191 (1985) First appearance of Nimrod – a deadly Sentinel model from an alternate future (Earth-811).
- Uncanny X-Men #200 (1985) After allying himself with the X-Men for a short while and seeking redemption, Magneto officially joins the team and becomes Headmaster of the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters in the absence of Professor X.
- Uncanny X-Men #201 (1986) Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor have a baby boy called Nathan Christopher Summers.
- Fantastic Four #286 (1986) The real Jean Grey returns as the Dark Phoenix is revealed to have taken her form and her place among the X-Men.
- X-Factor #1 (1986) First appearance of Rusty (Russell Collins); Rusty is rescued by X-Factor (the original X-Men, disguised as the mutant-hunting X-Terminators) and becomes their first trainee.
- X-Factor #4 (1986) First appearance of Frenzy.
- X-Factor #7 (1986) First appearance of Skids (Sally Blevins).
- X-Factor #10 (1986) X-Factor save Skids from the Morlock Massacre; she joins the X-Factor trainees during MUTANT MASSACRE.
- New Mutants #49 (1987) A flashback the Nazis murdered Magneto’s family.
- New Mutants #60 (1988) Cypher is shot dead by the Ani-Mator while under Magneto’s charge during THE FALL OF THE MUTANTS.
- Excalibur Special Edition (1988) Shadowcat didn’t ‘leave’ the X-Men, she witnessed what she (and the world) believed was the deaths and went on to form Excalibur in England; she forms the team alongside Nightcrawler, Phoenix (Rachel Summers), Captain Britain and Meggan.
- New Mutants #73 (1989) Magik sacrifices her teenage form and her memories of her time with the New Mutants, returning to life as a child during INFERNO.
- Uncanny X-Men #244 (1989) First appearance of Jubilee.
- Uncanny X-Men #251-253 (1989) Jubilee saves Wolverine’s life when she helps him escape form the Reavers.
- New Mutants #87 (1990) First appearance of Cable.
- New Mutants #88 (1990) Rusty and Skids join Stryfe and his Mutant Liberation Front.
- New Mutants #95 (1990) Warlock is killed by Cameron Hodge during X-TINCTION AGENDA.
- Marvel Comics Presents #72-84 (1991) A possible account of how Wolverine received his adamantium claws is revealed.
- New Mutants #98 (1991) The inhabitants of Warpath‘s entire reservation, Camp Verde, are slaughtered. All evidence points to the Hellfire Club. Sunspot’s father is murdered by Gideon.
- New Mutants #100 (1991) Warpath joins Cable’s newly-formed X-Force, giving him a chance at a new life.
- Uncanny X-Men #274-275 (1991) The brief relationship between Rogue and Magneto in the Savage Land comes to an abrupt end when Magneto resorts to killing Zaladane.
- X-Factor #68 (1991) Cyclops’ infant son, Nathan, is taken into the future by a woman named Askani after Apocalypse infects him with a techno-organic virus. It’s not known at this time, but this is actually baby Cable.
- Uncanny X-Men #268 (1991) Professor X returns to Earth after his time with Lilandra in space during THE MUIR ISLAND SAGA.
- X-Factor #71 (1991) First appearance of the government-sponsored X-Factor line-up – featuring Havok, Multiple Man, Polaris, Strong Guy and Wolfsbane. Quicksilver becomes an ally during MUTANT GENESIS.
- X-Factor #72 (1991) Quicksilver reluctantly joins X-Factor during MUTANT GENESIS.
- X-Factor #73 (1991) Strong Guy coins the term “GeeCee” (intending it to be a positive term for mutant which is short for “Genetically Challenged”) during MUTANT GENESIS.
- X-Force #1 (1991) Cable tells Cannonball about Tyler – a kid who was brainwashed by Stryfe.
- X-Men #1-3 (1991) 1st Acolytes and Fabian Cortez; Magneto returns to his anti-human ways; Cortez believes Magneto to be dead, martyring him for his own cause; first appearance and deaths of Chrome, Anne-Marie Cortez, Marco Delagado and Nance Winters during MUTANT GENESIS.
- Wolverine #48-50 (1991-1992) Professor X and Jean Grey take a wander through Wolverine’s mind to help unlock his memories, first-witnessing his warped, spike-riddled mindscape during MUTANT GENESIS.
- Uncanny X-Men #282-283 (1991) First appearance of Bishop; while chasing mutant criminals from his future timeline, Bishop materialises in the present day.
- X-Force #8 (1992) A flashback acts as the first appearance of ‘The Professor’, Cable’s sentient computer and his space station headquarters, Graymalkin.
- Uncanny X-Men #293 (1992) Colossus sees his brother, Mikhail Rasputin, commit suicide by bringing the Morlock tunnels down on himself.
- Avengers #357 (1992) First appearance of Screener; Screener examines Magneto’s granddaughter, Luna (Quicksilver’s daughter), to prove she’s genetically considered to be human, rather than mutant or Inhuman like her parents.
- Cable: Blood & Metal #2 (1992) It’s revealed that it was Stryfe who killed Rictor‘s father, not Cable during X-CUTIONER’S SONG.
- Uncany X-Men #294 (1992) The X-Men, X-Force and X-Factor are drawn into a conflict with Stryfe, Apocalypse, Mister Sinister and the Dark Riders during X-CUTIONER’S SONG.
- X-Force #18 (1993) Cable and Stryfe lost in the timestream; a mutant-killing virus is released, claiming its first victim during X-CUTIONER’S SONG.
- X-Factor #87 (1993) Polaris adopts her suggestive new costume; some weird creature captures Valerie Cooper.
- Fantastic Four #374 (1993) The Thing‘s face is actually meant to be missing a huge chunk of rocks (during his ‘shower scene’), seeing as it was sliced up by Wolverine while he still had adamantium claws.
- X-Men #17-19 (1993) Colossus and Illyana’s parents – Nikolai Rasputin and Alexandra Rasputina – are murdered by the mutant Soul Skinner in Russia; Colossus and the X-Men defeat Soul Skinner and bring Illyana back to America.
- X-Factor #88 (1993) First appearance of Random.
- Uncanny X-Men #298 (1993) First appearance of Harlan Kleinstock, Sven Kleinstock and Unuscione; Frenzy joins the Acolytes.
- Uncanny X-Men #299 (1993) Illyana first shows signs of illness; clues that Magneto may be alive are discovered.
- X-Factor #89-91 (1993) Multiple Man is exposed to a mutant infected with a virus that only appears to killing Genoshan mutates.
- Uncanny X-Men #300 (1993) First appearance of Javitz, Katu, Mellencamp, Milan, Senyaka, Spoor and Amelia Voght; the Acolyte Screener becomes Scanner; the existence of the Legacy Virus confirmed with Illyana Rasputina among the first to contract it.
- X-Men Unlimited #1 (1993) Professor X is saved by a mystery man in Antarctica.
- Uncanny X-Men #17 (1993) An injury traps Colossus in his armoured form.
- Uncanny X-Men #301-301 (1993) Illyana dies while Colossus is on a mission.
- Wolverine #73 (1993) While searching for evidence of Magneto’s return, Jubilee uses her powers at an amplified level.
- X-FACTOR #92 (1993) FATAL ATTRACTIONS BEGINS! First appearance of Exodus (unnamed).
- X-Force #20-22 / Cable #1-3 (1993) X-Force visit Cable’s space station Graymalkin, obtaining a number of weapons before its destruction during a run-in with War Machine and SHIELD; after having been lost in time and spending time in the future he grew up in, Cable returns to the present day.
- X-Force #24 (1993) X-Force rescue Rusty and Skids from the Friends of Humanity; Magneto uses the remnants of Graymalkin to build Avalon.
- X-FORCE #25 (1993) FATAL ATTRACTIONS CONTINUES. Exodus named.
- X-Force #26 (1993) X-Force put Cable back together again (first four pages, only), but the process immobilises him and he’s unable to attend Illyana’s funeral.
- UNCANNY X-MEN #304 (1993) FATAL ATTRACTIONS CONTINUES.
- X-Men Unlimited #2 (1993) An attempt is made on Magneto’s life.
- Uncanny X-Men #305-306 (1993) Professor X meets with the Mutant Underground leader; Storm steals a stealth suit.
- X-MEN #25 / WOLVERINE #75 (1993) FATAL ATTRACTIONS CONTINUES.
- Excalibur #66-67 (1993) Excalibur travel to the future (Earth-811) to save the timeline from Ahab.
- Excalibur #68 (1993) Captain Britain is revealed to have been lost in time following Excalibur’s mission to the future; Meggan is left in a severely depressed state after losing him.
- Excalibur #70 (1993) Cerise leaves Excalibur to return to Shi’ar space, serving Lilandra; Kylun leaves to find his parents; Feron disappears; Micromax also leaves, but this takes place off-panel.
- EXCALIBUR #71 (1993) FATAL ATTRACTIONS CONCLUDES.